Vanessa V. Friedman
September 03, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Experiment

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
113 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/20/02
performer
Moritz Bleibtreu, Maren Eggert, Christian Berkel, Wotan Wilke Mohring, Oliver Stokowski
director
Oliver Hirschbiegel
distributor
Samuel Goldwyn Films
author
Don Bohlinger
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Dolly the sheep has a lot to answer for, from endless talk-show verbiage to this thriller, which touches on all the issues related to her ”birth.” Simply consider the setup: Jude Harley is a newspaper reporter who goes off on a seemingly straightforward story — a gruesome murder in a small town — which leads indirectly to another story about identical twins. Things get complicated when someone who looks just like Jude shows up in his doorway, leading him to investigate a renegade science cult, various establishment movers and shakers, an island off Georgia, a cave in Arizona, gene therapy, and even the promise of extended life. Despite a few far-fetched coincidences, it is easy to get swept up in the narrative of The Experiment, which culminates in a satisfying finale.

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